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Hard-Knocking Whitmore Will Target Hot Springs Stakes For 2020 Debut

Whitmore will target a familiar spot for his 7-year-old debut – the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 7 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett said Sunday morning. Among the country’s most accomplished sprinters, Whitmore has won the last three runnings of the 6-furlong Hot Springs, Oaklawn’s final major prep for the $500,000 Count […]

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Maximum Security Faces Spun To Run In G1 Cigar Mile

Multiple Grade 1-winner Maximum Security and G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victor Spun to Run headline a talented field of 11 for the 31st running of the G1, $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The lucrative Cigar Mile card, which also features the G2 Remsen for 2-year-olds, the G2 Demoiselle for 2-year-old […]

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Covfefe To Aim For Filly & Mare Sprint Repeat In 2020; Whitmore May Get Another Sprint Try

Covfefe, winner of the Filly & Mare Sprint last Saturday, will take the remainder of the year off but prepare for a 4-year-old campaign hopefully culminating in a repeat Breeders’ Cup bid at Keeneland in 2020, trainer Brad Cox told the Daily Racing Form Wednesday. Cox said the daughter of Into Mischief would likely get […]

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Better With Age: How Breeders’ Cup Veterans Stay On Top Of Their Game

This Breeders’ Cup weekend, many race fans are looking back on their favorite memory from the history of the series. For some, the throwback is far, reaching into the 1990s, but many are still captivated by American Pharoah’s dominating career finale in the 2015 Classic at Keeneland four years ago. That fall day in Central […]

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Promises Fulfilled, Whitmore Renew Rivalry In Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

Promises Fulfilled and Whitmore, who finished a head apart in last year’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2), will renew their rivalry Friday at Keeneland as they headline a field of 11 sprinters for the 167th running of the $250,000 race at 6 furlongs on the main track for 3-year-olds and up. Scheduled as the eighth […]

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Commentary: The Problem With ‘Naming And Shaming’ In Horse Rescue

Everyone, step away from your keyboards for a moment.  If you spend any time on social media pages geared toward horse rescue, specifically rescue from the slaughter pipeline, chances are you’ve seen a comment pop up urging others to “name and shame” the person responsible for the horse’s predicament. What often happens next is the […]

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Whitmore Takes On Catalina Cruiser In True North Stakes

Grade 1-winner Whitmore and the returning Catalina Cruiser headline Friday’s Grade 2, $250,000 True North, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and upward at Belmont Park. Trained by Ron Moquett for owners Robert LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners, Whitmore broke through at the Grade 1 level in August at Saratoga Race […]

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Brad Cox Wins Top Prize In Preakness Weekend’s Trainer Bonus Program

Brad Cox edged Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen to claim the top prize in the Maryland Jockey Club’s $100,000 bonus program offered to trainers for their participation in stakes races over Preakness weekend at Pimlico Race Course. Cox led the way with 36 points, three more than two-time defending champion Asmussen, to earn a $50,000 […]

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Classic Empire’s Half-Brother Could Make Stakes Debut In Oaklawn Mile

A stakes-quality field will be chasing a hefty $93,000 purse in Sunday’s featured eighth race at Oaklawn Park, a conditioned allowance for older horses at a mile. The race could be a springboard to the inaugural $250,000 Oaklawn Mile May 3 for several entrants, including 3-1 program favorite Exclamation Point. Also entered are millionaire Shotgun […]

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